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Daniel turner: conservation and the way forward

Thursday, 2nd February, 2017

I met with Daniel Turner, Animal Welfare Director for Born Free in Europe. He has a place in Kemptown, by the sea. We’re lucky to have people from FFI, Born Free, Conservation Capital, ITAD and some other big players in the conservation world living in the same city as us. When I eventually arrived puffing and sweating…

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Introducing Africa’s wild philanthropists

Tuesday, 31st January, 2017

I’m doing a lot of hot-off-the-press pointing at the moment – the Hazda, Tanzania’s Maasai Steppes, the mixed land approaches of the likes of the Northern Rangelands Trust – but there’s a lot going on, especially in terms of conservation, as Sophy Roberts points out in The Wild Philanthropists, published in this month’s Robb Report….

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Arijiju: the house with the message

Tuesday, 24th January, 2017

Forgive me. I know we bang the Borana drum almost as often as we do the likes of Omo Valley or the Hadza, but I cut my manager teeth here, know the conservancy’s founders well, and believe its mixed land use conservation model the answer to Africa’s threatened wildernesses. Last time, it was Simon introducing…

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Kick for Wildlife and community-based conservation

Tuesday, 17th January, 2017

On my recent trip to Tanzania, I had a stark reminder of the close proximity in which humans live with wildlife and the potential affects this can have on the lives they lead, when we spotted a leopard heading out of a settlement and into the forest opposite. The main highway that separates Manyara National Park from the…

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Flooding the Birthplace of Mankind

Wednesday, 9th July, 2014

The damming of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia, where five major rivers flow out of the highest concentration of highlands in all Africa – and where there is a uniquely diverse human gene pool – is due for completion in 2014. I understand perfectly why a government would want to tap into the potential that…

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A Charity that Works

Thursday, 12th December, 2013

Anybody who has had anything to do with charity work will understand what I mean when I say that money, given freely, without any plan for the future, is a curse; and when that money – or the goods and equipment it buys – has to cross borders so the difficulties tend to multiply. Red…

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The Manager, the Ranch and the Safari from Heaven

Thursday, 12th December, 2013

I first came across Jochen Zeitz when a friend recommended I read his book, The Manager and the Monk, co-authored with Father Anselm Grun. Subtitled A Discourse on Prayer, Profit and Principles, it’s a wonderfully insightful treatise on the fundamental importance of developing an ethics for managing responsibly – and sustainably. You probably know it….

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The World’s First Community Managed Black Rhino Conservancy

Monday, 9th December, 2013

Formed in 2001, in the Wamba District of northern Kenya, The Sera Conservancy Trust is 12 years in the making. I know it of old. It’s what’s known as an anchor conservancy, links Melako and Biliqo-Bulesa conservancies and functions not only as a wildlife conservation area, but also as the place that the Samburu, the…

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Bishangari and The Price of Failure

Thursday, 29th August, 2013

Welcome to this, Journeys by Design very first blog post. I thought, it being the first, that I might share with you something general, perhaps how we got started, what we’ve done, and where we are now – imagining, I suppose, that as well as giving you something of an insight into our values and…

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The Friedkin Fund

Saturday, 10th August, 2013

Life is as much about those delightful moments of unexpectedness as it is being sure that every ball thrown comes down exactly as and where you would have hoped. Chancing late last year upon the Friedkin Fund, at Legendary Lodge, Arusha, during a routine educational trip in northern Tanzania, is one of those moments. A…

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